Inside Out: Personalizing the Luxury HomeAugust 12, 2013
Home designs incorporating fun, leisure, flexibility and fitness are at an all-time high demand. Privately located master suites, walk-in showers and whirlpools, split vanities, home fitness facilities, state-of-the art media rooms, completely equipped functional offices, well-designed generous closets, in-law suites, home wine cellars and upstairs auxiliary kitchens are a few of the more popular features the luxury home buyer is looking for.
Home automation and security are technological additions that make homes stand out, with many modern luxury homes having daily automated chores programmed into their operating systems, allowing homeowners more free time – and automated security systems that allow phone and internet access, so homeowners can be at ease, confident that their home doesn’t appear empty while they’re away and also giving them the ability to “check in” remotely.
Home swimming spas, in-home saunas, massage rooms, treadmill pools, endless pools, home theatres and game rooms are also rising in popularity, emphasizing the idea of the luxury home as a relaxing, indulgent refuge from the fast-pace and stress of the outside world. As more and more homeowners seek a more casual, elegant approach to their entertaining, big vistas, outdoor kitchens, greenhouses, solariums, atriums and porte cochères are becoming popular additions that can increase a home’s value and overall attractiveness to potential buyers, as well as being features that allow current luxury homeowners added years of comfort and enjoyment over time.